KALEIDOSCOPE by Yinka Shonibare MBE has been unveiled!
We are delighted to announce that our latest edition by YINKA SHONIBARE MBE was unveiled on October 2nd at the artist’s studio in Dalston, London. Created in an edition of only 45, KALEIDOSCOPE will have its public launch at MULTIPLIED, the editions fair that takes place at Christie’s South Kensington from the 17th to the 20th of October.
If you are interested in acquiring this edition, note it is already available for purchase here.
Shaped as a phallus, KALEIDOSCOPE‘s body is beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head is made of highly polished brass.
Through the opening at the head of the phallus a distorted image of Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ can be seen. Botticelli’s original image depicted the birth of Venus, the goddess of the sea, standing on a shell, the female ideal as the object of mythology and desire. Subverting this familiar image, Shonibare has replaced the female nude by a well-endowed photographed naked male.
KALEIDOSCOPE performs an act of reverse objectification, as the erect phallus and the male nude take the place historically occupied by the female body and therefore take it beyond the familiar realm of the male gaze. Click here to read the full press release.